If you’re a die-hard Gladiator like myself then you know the final moments of last week’s Scandal were pretty epic. Not only did we see yet another Olivitz sexcapade followed by what was perhaps the most disappointing and WTF hook-up ever (hey Harrison), creator Shonda Rhimes also began unraveling the story of Maya Lewis, better know as Mama Pope played by Khandi Alexander, who so far is cool in our books. While we’re not condoning absentee mommas and so-so parenting skills, for the time being we’re #TeamMamaPope and here’s why:
1. She Had Us At First Bite
If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned then lookout world because Mama Pope is not only scorned, she’s lethal with a syringe and presumably pretty scarred up from what one Twitter user dubbed “chew-i-cide.” Any woman bada** enough to snack on her own wrists in a plot to escape her ex-hubby’s underground prison, throw a little shade Daddy Pope’s way, and whisper eerie hello’s to her long-lost daughter is one not to be messed with.
2. Khandi Alexander Rocks
If you’re familiar with Khandi Alexander’s body of work then you know the CSI and The Wire actress is pretty awesome. She’s so awesome that Scandal’s executive producer handpicked her to the play the part, swearing her to secrecy until her debut episode aired.
“The executive producer, Mark Wilding, called me and offered me the part. And he said, ‘The only thing I can tell you is that you’re Mama Pope and you can’t tell anybody anything. Do you want it or don’t you? Is it a yes or a no?’ I said, ‘I’m in and I won’t say anything.’ And I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my agent, my manager, my boyfriend. I didn’t tell anybody and I didn’t know anything….They knew I was doing the show but they didn’t know anything about what I was playing.”
3. She’s Olivia Pope’s FREAKING Mom
Ok, so the Pope bloodline is a little tainted with murder, mystery and plane crashes, and Liv is well overdue for a visit to Iyanla, you have to respect the womb that popped out Olivia Pope. Besides, Liv didn’t get her sixth sense and killer coat game from anywhere.
Coloureds, weigh in and let us know if you’re #TeamMamaPope